Saber-tooth Cave
Basic information
Sample name: Saber-tooth Cave

Reference: G. G. Simpson. 1928. Pleistocene mammals from a cave in Citrus County, Florida. American Museum Novitates 328:1-16 [ER 3117]
Country: United States
State: Florida

Coordinate: 28° 51' N, 82° 29' W
Basis of coordinate: based on nearby landmark
Geography comments: "on the property of Mr. D. J. Allen, one mile northwest of Lecanto" (coordinate based on Lecanto)
Climate and habitat
Lithology: claystone
Taphonomic context: cave, pitfall trap
Habitat comments: "a deposit of red earth or clay" yielded the fauna, and there was also "a younger bed of sand and humus... with numerous remains of the recent white-tailed deer... The cave no doubt served as a trap and also as a sink catching the debris of floods"
Life forms: carnivores, rodents, ungulates, other large mammals, other small mammals
Sample size: 147
Years: 1928
Sampling comments: there was a "thorough search" but excavation per se is not discussed
non-mammalian vertebrates are not inventoried
Sample: 3405
Contributor: John Alroy
Enterer: John Alroy
Created: 2019-08-30 13:47:07
Modified: 2019-08-30 13:47:07
Abundance distribution
26 species
9 singletons
total count 147
standardised richness: not computable
Fisher's α: 9.172
geometric series k: 0.8595
Hurlbert's PIE: 0.8647
Shannon's H: 2.5513
Good's u: 0.9391
Didelphis virginiana142.2 kg insectivore-carnivore
Scalopus sp.1
questionably referred
Sylvilagus floridanus61.1 kg herbivore
Sylvilagus palustris6
Geomys pinetis floridanus6138 g
"Geomys floridanus"
Thomomys orientalis1
Sigmodon hispidus4489.4 g
Oryzomys palustris542.4 g
Neofiber alleni22258 g
Synaptomys australis1
Neochoerus holmesi3
"Hydrochoerus holmesi"
Canis dirus4
"Canis (Aenocyon) ayersi"
Urocyon sp.1
questionably referred
Lynx rufus29.0 kg carnivore
Smilodon sp.3
Mephitis mephitis elongata11.5 kg carnivore-insectivore
"Mephitis elongata"
Megalonyx cf. jeffersonii4
"Megalonyx cf. wheatleyi": see discussion in Kurten and Anderson 1980
Holmesina septentrionalis1
"Chlamytherium septentrionale"
Dasypus sp.1
"Tatu sp."
Equus cf. leidyi7
Tapirus cf. copei3
"Tapirus cf. haysii"
Odocoileus virginianus osceola275 kg herbivore
"Odocoileus osceola"
Blastocerus extraneus1
Camelidae indet.2
Mylohyus cf. fossilis5
"Mylohyus cf. browni"
Mammut americanum1
"Mastodon americanus"